Can you remember the first or last time you saw a fake 43 dollar bill? Definitely, you can’t because we don’t have an original 43 dollar bill. The same principle also applies to the abuse of anything, including cannabis. The existence of abuse signals the existence of intended use. This means that it is necessary to look at the other side of the coin and ask, “What is the proper use of this plant?”
I want to share the intended use of pot cannabis and its medicinal benefits. The reason is that proper use has benefits the same way abuse has consequences. But the problem is that the system has convinced many Americans to focus on the exaggerated consequences of its abuse. Consequently, the American public has never realized that cannabis’ proper use has numerous benefits. In this article we will discuss five unparalleled benefits of legal pot the system never wants you to know or enjoy.
A Reduction in Diabetes and Obesity Effects
Since we are discussing the medicinal side of cannabis, I would like to show you the following facts before discussing its benefits. First, at least 84% of the American public believes cannabis should be legal for medical uses. Moreover, the National Institute on Drug Abuse itself lists medical uses of cannabis.
So we begin our discussion by looking at how cannabis can alleviate the one of the country’s greatest health epidemics—obesity and its cousin, diabetes. Contrary to common beliefs, cannabis smokers have a lesser risk of developing diabetes and obesity than those who don’t smoke it. Moreover, different studies prove that adults who take some form of cannabis have slimmer waists, a better insulin level regulation, and higher HDL levels compared to those who don’t.
Also, don’t forget that obesity is a leading driver behind most preventable chronic diseases and healthcare costs in this country. Annually, our government spends around $210 billion dealing with diabetes and related illnesses. It is also a major cause of job absenteeism, leading to annual losses amounting to approximately $4.3 billion. Moreover, it causes lower staff productivity at work, costing employers $506 annually for employees dealing with these health issues.
Alleviation of Epileptic Seizures
Numerous studies indicate that cannabidiol (CBD), a cannabis component, can relieve seizures in patients suffering from chronic epilepsy. Moreover, numerous patients or parents with epileptic patients have indicated that cannabis is very effective for relief from their seizures. According to doctors who recommend the use of CBD in seizure management, the compound interacts with the brain cells. In the interaction process, it calms excessive brain activities that cause epileptic seizures.
Treatment of Glaucoma
We also find that cannabis is also instrumental in the treatment of glaucoma. In fact, it is one of the leading reasons why many states have legalized it for medical use. When a patient suffers from this condition, pressure increases within the eye that damages their optic nerves, leading to vision loss. But when a patient uses cannabis, it helps to reduce pressure in the eyes. This fact is supported by studies conducted by the National Eye Institute. These studies found that when people smoked cannabis, it lowered intraocular pressure (IOP) in individuals with normal pressure and those with glaucoma. However, research is still underway to establish how this effect can last longer since it only lasts for a few hours.
Slowing the Advancement of Alzheimer’s Disease
The fourth benefit the system does not want you to know or enjoy is that cannabis slows down the advancement of Alzheimer’s disease. This is according to a study by the Scripps Research Institute. Additional research conducted in 2006 established that THC, cannabis’ active ingredient, prevents the formation of amyloid plaques (brain cell-killing plaques that cause the disease) by blocking the brain enzyme responsible for its secretion. Although preliminary, these studies show the strong potential that cannabis may have in fight against Alzheimer’s disease.
Relief of Arthritis Pain
Lastly, the system does not want you to know that cannabis helps in relieving arthritis pain. By reducing inflammation and promoting better sleep, researchers in 2011 discovered that it helps to reduce patients’ discomforts and pains. Moreover, cannabis reduces pain without all the adverse side effects inherent in conventional pain relievers.
The intent of this article was share some of the medical benefits and future potential of cannabis. The benefits discussed only scratch the surface of this amazing plant’s potential. The hope is that I have sparked some interest in you to find out more ways cannabis is changing people’s lives for the better.
Pete Asmus is not one to let life idly pass him by. GreenZone 360’s CEO gets things done. From motivational speaking and meeting with new business partners to building ninja courses for his kids and advocating for public education on Alopecia. Whether it’s business or family, you’ll find Pete going to MAKE SOMETHING HAPPEN.